Companies in today’s briefs include: Hands-On Mobile, Cisco, Nokia, AT&T, VeriSign, Mobile Marketing Association, CTIA, Motorola, Advanced Info Service
Hands-On Mobile and Marvel Entertainment have announced the availability of the mobile game and personalization content around the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s legendary superhero, Iron Man. The game and content is currently available on select carriers around the world and will continue to roll out to additional carriers in the coming weeks. In the vertically scrolling shoot-’em-up Iron Man mobile game, players take control of the invincible Iron Man while fighting through four levels of action based on the upcoming movie.
Cisco and Nokia have announced growing customer and partner acceptance of their combined mobile unified communications solution. The Mobile Business Solution from Cisco and Nokia extends the Cisco Unified Internet Protocol (IP) Phone capabilities to Nokia Eseries smartphones over Cisco Unified Wireless Networks to offer users a seamless mobile experience in the enterprise environment and public cellular networks. The two companies also announced that they are beginning to deploy each other’s mobile solutions. Cisco is beginning to deploy Nokia Eseries smartphones for its sales organization in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific theaters, while Nokia will begin with Cisco Unified Wireless Network in its offices, labs and manufacturing sites.
AT&T announced a new Text Accessibility Plan (TAP) for the iPhone, designed to give iPhone customers with disabilities the choice of unlimited text messaging, Web browsing and easy access to e-mail for $40 a month. This new plan is available to new and current iPhone users with qualifying disabilities through AT&T’s National Center for Customers with Disabilities (NCCD). To qualify for the iPhone TAP, customers must complete an application for eligibility.
VeriSign announced that Charles Meyers, president of VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media, will assume VeriSign’s board seats for both the Mobile Marketing Association and CTIA. As a member of CTIA’s board, Meyers will participate in various industry discussions and initiatives, including areas such as convergence, mobile content and mobile messaging. With the MMA board, Meyers will help lead the association in its charter to grow a sustainable industry for mobile marketing globally with a focus on mobile advertising and content.
Motorola announced that it is working with Thailand-based Advanced Info Service (AIS) to conduct trials of mobile WiMAX solutions. AIS started trials over Motorola’s WiMAX Access Point-400 (WAP-400) platform in Bangkok and Lamlukka in the first quarter of 2008. The operator is studying performance of real-life applications over the mobile WiMAX network and customer usage models in metropolitan, suburban and rural areas.